»2014 Alternative Break Trips

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Chapman University’s Alternative Break Program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to work with community agencies, needs, and populations in a week-long service and immersion experience. Civic Engagement Initiatives offers several Alternative Break Trip options with varying levels of direct service, learning, reflection, and immersion. The Alternative Break Program is designed to connect Chapman students to shared experiences that foster personal growth, mutual awareness, and civic engagement. The Program is committed to being a drug and alcohol free program.

For more information, contact Jen Feinstein, Civic Engagement Program Assistant, at civic@chapman.edu.

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Homelessness in San Francisco, CA (Spring 2014)

Homelessness in San Francisco, CA (Spring 2014)

Up to 25% of San Francisco’s homeless population consists of families with children and more than half of these children have never lived in a permanent home. Additionally, homeless children are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school, and are significantly more likely not to finish high school. The Bay Area Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, after school tutoring for kids, and job skill training. Chapman volunteers will stay at Bay Area Rescue Mission facilities and work with youth by tutoring them in the BARM's youth center, helping with arts/crafts, and coordinating recreational activities to socialize with youth.  Students will return with a deeper understanding of the influences and impacts of homelessness and insight on the ways in which this problem is being addressed in the Bay Area.  

Conservation in the Grand Canyon, AZ (Spring 2014)

Conservation in the Grand Canyon, AZ (Spring 2014)The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the United States' oldest and most renowned national parks. While the creation of the park in 1919 may have been a success of the early conservation movement, this natural wonder faces continued threats including mining, pollution, water conservation, forest restoration, vegetation, and invasive plants. Chapman volunteers will stay in cabins owned by the Park and work with the Park staff to clean impacted areas in the park to restore the Canyon's ecosystems.  Participants will learn about the environment and history of the Grand Canyon and understand the importance of any conservation and restoration effort.

Animal Rescue in Kenab, UT (Summer 2014)

Animal Rescue in Kenab, UT (Summer 2014)

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. Best Friends started the No Kill Campaign in 1984, which includes spay/neuter campaigns, adoption programs, and a coalition of shelters. It is a healing home-between-homes for 1,700 animals, the majority of which need training, medical care, and/or emotional healing. In addition to learning about issues associated with animal rescue and overpopulation, Chapman volunteers will stay in cabins on the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary site, and work with the shelter to enhance landscaping projects on trails used to exercise and train animals. When they're not working, students can enjoy socializing with the animals looking for a forever home. 

 

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